County Profile

Butte County is the most populous county north of Sacramento. Our residents are well-educated, thanks to two colleges within our borders — CSU Chico and Butte College. Employers draw upon the surrounding counties of Tehama, Glenn, and Sutter to extend our sizable local workforce. Commute times are low overall, and employees can live within walking or biking distance of their jobs in many parts of the county.

POPULATION  
Population (2022): 207,303                                      
Population under 18: 20.4%
Population 18-64: 61.4%
Population over 64: 18.2%
Median Age (2021): 36.8                                
WORKFORCE  
Workforce (Butte County) (2022) 92,000                                                                   
Employed (2022): 87,900
Unemployment Rate (2022 avg): 4.5%
Average Commute Time (2022): 21.4 minutes                                      
INCOME  
Median Household Income (2021): $64,738                                                                                       
Per Capita Income (2021): $33,424
Families at or Below Poverty Level (2022): 16.5%
Median Home Price (2022) $449,000                                                              
INCOME AND WAGES (2021)  
Average Hourly Wage (All Occupations): $26.58                                                                                                         
Average Hourly Management Wage: $50.70
Average Hourly Manufacturing Wage: $22.09
Average Hourly Office and Admin Hourly Wage: $21.25                                                                              
Sources: Demographics, Income, Educational Attainment, Commute Times: U.S. Census Bureau, 2022 American Community Survey; Workforce: California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information (March-April 2023).
EDUCATION ATTAINMENT (Over 25 Years Old)  
Less than High School (2021): 8.8%                                                                                                         
High School Graduate: 23.9%
Some College: 26.3%
Associates Degree: 8.8%
Bachelor's Degree: 21.5%
Graduate or Higher: 10.8%                                                                            

Further Data Resources

These sources paint a more complete picture of Butte County and are regularly updated.

PUBLIC DATA RESOURCES

3CORE

www.3coreedc.org

Regional Snapshot

Detailed data for Butte, Glenn, Tehama county region including some county-level figures. Features: economy, workforce/employment, education/talent, demographics, social economics.

American Community Survey (Census Bureau)

www.census.gov

Quick Facts - Butte County

U.S. Census Bureau’s latest estimates of demographic and social trends (Butte County).

CA Dept. of Finance

dof.ca.gov

Population Estimates

Annual and monthly population estimates at county and city level.

CA EDD

labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov

Labor Market Information

Employment and wage data for Butte County.

GO-Biz Placemaking tool

properties.zoomprospector.com


Map-based summary data

Economic, education, industry, and retail data for Butte County. Highlight: much of the data can be mapped by selecting the “Map” column in the tabled data, including location of businesses by business category.


PRIVATE DATA RESOURCES

The County does not endorse products or services, but the following private resources may provide useful information at no cost.

Dream Index - CA Fwd

www.cadreamindex.org

California Dream Index

Butte County livability factors compared to California as a whole, over time.

Golden Valley Bank

www.goldenvalley.bank

Economic Dashboard

Regularly updated: 1) Butte County economic indicators (economic health, workforce preparedness, quality of life and economic drivers) and 2) Chico Business Confidence Survey.

Sperling’s Best Places

bestplaces.net

Lifestyle Factors

Quality of Life data at county or city level.

Zillow

www.cadreamindex.org

Butte County Home Values

Housing market trends for Butte County.